Ex-Attorney General Marc Dann returns to the Ohio Supreme Court for the first time since his law suspension
By David Skolnick
Former Attorney General Marc Dann will make his first Ohio Supreme Court appearance since its members decided to suspend his law license in 2012.
Dann, a Democrat formerly of Liberty, will be in court Wednesday. He publicized his appearance in an email sent Monday by a communications company on his law firm’s behalf. The press release mentions toward the top that it’s Dann’s first appearance before the court since the reinstatement of his law license.
Dann is representing George and Bridget Kuchta of Medina County. The couple had their home foreclosed on by the Bank of America.
Dann contends the foreclosure was improper as it violates a previous Supreme Court ruling that to foreclose, a plaintiff must hold the note and mortgage of a home before it can file a foreclosure complaint. That isn’t what happened in this case, according to Dann.
The Supreme Court ruled to suspend Dann’s law license starting Nov. 20, 2012, for six months.
That was as a result of Dann, who now lives and works in the Cleveland area, being found guilty in May 2010 of two misdemeanor ethics counts for filing a false financial-disclosure form and for providing improper compensation to two employees from campaign and transition accounts.
The first was for using $40,610 in campaign funds for a security system and other improvements at his former Liberty home. The second conviction was for using money from the two accounts for an apartment he shared with two top aides in the Columbus area and for other expenses.
The six-month suspension ended up being almost seven months as Dann had to wait six months to file a reinstatement request, and the court then checked to make sure he was in compliance with requirements needed for the suspension to be lifted, which took place June 11, 2013.
Dann resigned as attorney general in May 2008, just 16 months into his term, after two women working in the office made sexual-harassment allegations against one of his handpicked managers. Dann later admitted having an affair with a third woman from the office.
The situation and subsequent internal investigation led to the firing of that manager, another top aide and the forced resignation of his chief of staff. All three, Dann and his now ex-wife were later convicted on criminal charges.